AUSTRALIAN-made paper will fill the photocopiers and printers of state government departments under an elected Liberal Nationals government.
Opposition Leader Matthew Guy and Leader of The Nationals Peter Walsh were in the Latrobe Valley this week to announce the Liberal Nationals’ plan to preference Australian-made paper, wherever practical, in all government departments after July 1 next year.
Victoria’s timber and paper industries are sustainably and responsibly using our timber resources, supporting regional Victorian jobs and producing high quality and competitively priced products
Our commitment on Australian-made paper is just one way a Liberal Nationals government will back these jobs and this industry.
By contrast, the Andrews Labor Government has threatened the viability of our manufacturers and timber mills, imposing high new taxes on power generators that pushed up power prices for our businesses and locking up Victoria’s timber resources.
Comments attributable to Leader of the Opposition, Matthew Guy:
“I will be the Premier for all of Victoria, not the Premier for Melbourne, which is what Daniel Andrews is.
“A government I lead will embrace decentralisation and will grow the Latrobe Valley.
“A Liberal Nationals Government will protect Latrobe Valley and Gippsland jobs, we won't sacrifice them for votes in Melbourne like Labor has.”
Comments attributable to Leader of The Nationals, Peter Walsh:
“When we support local businesses, we support local jobs and that’s exactly what the Liberal Nationals will do with our Australian-made paper commitment.
“Daniel Andrews has made it clear he isn’t prepared to support our timber industry, only the Liberal Nationals will provide investment confidence and support jobs at our timber mills and paper manufacturers.”
Comments attributable to The Nationals Candidate for Morwell, Sheridan Bond:
“Jobs are a number one concern in the Valley right now and action like this will give our local workers confidence and long term security in their jobs.
“The Valley needs a government prepared to back us with commitments like this because we’ve suffered too many setbacks in recent times.”
Comments attributable to Liberal Candidate for Morwell, Dale Harriman:
“As former Chair of the National Timber Council, I know how vital this initiative is in keeping timber and manufacturing jobs in the Valley.
“Daniel Andrews has no plan for regional jobs and no plan for growing regional communities like those in the Latrobe Valley.”
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